For nature and people’s Sake … Residents and BFAR employees joined the planting of 50,000 mangrove propagules in Apuao Island, Mercedes, CamNorte under the scorching heat of the sun. - BFARpic
By ROSALITA B MANLANGIT
DAET, CamNorte: A 30-hectare mangrove rehabilitation and maintenance project of the CamNorte Water District (CNWD) in Barangay Manguisoc in Mercedes town was declared mangrove sanctuary by the Sanguniang Panlalawigan (SP) here recently.
CamNorte SP Resolution No. 357-2012 has adopted and confirmed the Municipal Ordinance No 187-2012 of Sangguniang Bayan of Mercedes declaring Sitios Sagkadun and Libis of Barangay Manguisoc, Mercedes, as a mangrove sanctuary and providing funds thereof for its effective implementation and reservation and providing penalties for the illegal cutting of mangroves.
General Manager Antonia BF Boma said that the CNWD has started the 30-hectares mangrove rehabilitation program in 2007 after it was awarded in July 2006 by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The project is one of the CNWD’s continuing environmental activities wherein they have organized the Kapit Bisig Para sa Kalikasan (Kabakas) to conduct patrol works in the plantation site.
The Kabakas is the recipient of a livelihood program called “Lapu-lapu fattening/raising” to provide the members an additional income while doing work at the plantation area.
The CNWD also tapped Manguisoc Elementary School, Manguisoc National High School, and other non-government agencies in the service area in its project implementation.
A total of 66,675 propagules have been planted in 15ha while the remaining hectares are still to be planted.
With the declaration of CNWD’s mangrove plantation area as Mangrove Sanctuary, illegal cutting and uprooting of the mangrove prapagules; illegal use of sakag, biakus, and pangka to catch fish which destroy the mangroves; the use of the mangrove sanctuary as a picnic ground; cyanide fishing in the vicinity and any other harmful human activity are now prohibited by the municipal ordinance.
A corresponding penalty will be imposed to violators of the said ordinance, she added. –PIA/CamNorte